From the “Can’t Win Any Other Way” files comes the news that the GOP has defined a new strategy to deal with its declining national popularity. In states where Republicans hold state legislatures and governorship’s in their control, the GOP is trying to change the way Electoral College votes are allocated so that they are assigned by congressional district rather than to the winner of the statewide popular vote. The first step in this plan has been taken in Virginia; a state whose Electoral College votes were awarded to President Obama in 2008 and 2010.
Last week Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus endorsed a similar proposal for all battle ground states where the GOP holds control of state legislatures. With that control, the GOP has already solidified control of the House of Representatives by gerrymandering congressional districts to maintain control even though the party lost the congressional popular vote nationwide in the last election.
Huffington Post has outlined, in and article today, the effect of this strategy on the last election. If applied as planned, President Obama would have lost the presidential election by at least 11 electoral votes.
The strategy would have states alter the way they translate individual votes into electors — thereby giving Republican candidates an advantage. Had the 2012 election been apportioned in every state according to these new Republicans plans, Romney would have led Obama by at least 11 electoral votes.
You’ve got to admire the creativity of this failed political party which should be “relegated to the dustbin of history,” as Speaker John Boehner fears.